British Library PGR Open Days

The British Library is running a series of Open Days for Doctoral Students, taking place in January, February and March 2017.

The Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the British Library’s collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Doctoral Open Days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, plus help students navigate the physical and online collections.

As well as hearing from the library’s expert and friendly staff, students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines. Each day concentrates on a different aspect of the library’s collections and most take an inter-disciplinary approach.

Interested in attending? Then pick the day you think will be most helpful with your studies!

The Open Days are as follows:

Asian &African Collections 16 January
News & Media 13-Jan
Social Sciences 30-Jan
Boston Spa 01-Feb
 Music Collections 13-Feb
Pre 1600 Collections 20-Feb
17 & 18th Century Collections 27 February
19th Century Collections 6 March
20th & 21st Century Collections 13 March

All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on 1 February 2017, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

For further details of the all Open Days and how to book please go to the British Library’s website.

Places cost £10.00 including lunch and other refreshments.

Study Skills Support for All Students

StudyA new study skills centre has been set up by Library Services at King’s College London and is currently running successfully in the Maughan Library.

The study skills programme is designed to support the needs of all students from all levels and disciplines. Our emphasis is on enhancement of learning to assist students in achieving their full potential, to help improve their self-esteem and employability.

Our amazing PhD students are busy supporting all students with their learning
development in areas like maths, science and academic writing. If you would like academic advice on how to write your assignment or on mathematical and statistical problems then please book an appointment.

For more information please click here

If you have any questions, please email

Postgraduate Study Scholarships for visits to partner institutions

img2391.jpgIn order to strengthen the research links that King’s has with other world-class Universities around the globe, the College has announced travel scholarships for any King’s PhD student who wishes to study at one of the agreed partner institutions.

These currently include:

University of Hong Kong

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

National University of Singapore

The Scholarships are designed to allow our PhD students to spend time in another laboratory or to work closely with another research group or academic. It is expected that they will gain considerable research and career benefits from this opportunity.

Applications for funding can be made by individual PhD students, if these are supported by a Head of Department/Division. Applications should be made to the Research & Graduate School Support Section, 7.41 James Clerk Maxwell Building, Waterloo Campus (, 020 7848 3376. Decisions on funding will be made on a two-month cycle starting with the first closing date for applications of 29 February 2008.

When deciding which  projects to fund, the selection team will take into account [a] the strategic value of the project in deepening the relationship between King’s and the relevant overseas partner, [b] the innovativeness of the research requiring the visit and the likely benefits for the advancement of the research career of the award winner and [c] subject to demand for funds, if projects are of equal merit, then a contribution from the department/division/school toward costs will be taken into account.

It is anticipated that applicants should be of at least 2nd year PhD level at the time they plan to stay in the partner institution.

The level of funding that will be awarded is designed to cover travel costs and make a contribution toward subsistence at the partner institution. It is anticipated that no award will be for more than £1,500. This funding is not available to support attendance at conferences.

The application form can be obtained by sending an email to The applicant should outline the advantages of the visit to the development of the link between King’s and the relevant key partner, as well as to the researcher(s), along with an outline of the proposed work schedule and how this visit will contribute to the broader research programme in which it would sit.

Successful candidates will be expected to submit a report on what they achieved during their visit.